Practical Philosophy

SELF-DISCOVERY THROUGH PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY

Introductory course inPractical Philosophy

Starts 15 January 2024

The course is for anyone who wants to answer life's big questions, become more mindful and get more out of life.

The courses are offered in-person at the School House in Brussels.

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Live your best life

This inspiring 10-week course is for anyone looking to answer life’s big questions:

  • How do I discover inner calm and peace in a pressured world?
  • How do I access my inner wisdom and become more mindful?
  • How to ensure my life is full of meaning and purpose, how to discover my true potential?
  • How to increase creativity and experience real freedom?
  • What is the meaning of justice and beauty in my life?
  • Who am I in truth and how may I be more resilient in the face of change?

In the company of like-minded students, explore life’s big questions in classes filled with lively discussion and no exams to pass.

Weekly sessions run on Mondays 19.30pm-21.45pm. Course fee: €90, or €40 if under 25; The fee is fully refundable at any time during the first three weeks for anyone who chooses not to continue the course.

Drawing from the timeless wisdom of great philosophical traditions, the course provides you with tools and techniques to help you become more mindful and get more out of life.

Philosophy means ‘the love of wisdom’ and wisdom is what helps us to master the art of living. The course helps us to apply wisdom practically in our everyday life.

Discover peace in the midst of turmoil, meaningful company and purpose in a rapidly changing world - register for this course in Self-Discovery through Practical Philosophy by clicking here.

10-week course Summary week by week

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1

INNER WISDOM & MEDITATIVE EXERCISE

A practical method to find inner peace and stillness. Awakening to the present and a meditative exercise. How to access inner wisdom and apply it in daily life.

2

KNOW YOURSELF

What is my real potential? How to gain greater satisfaction in life, and be free from doubt and uncertainty? We look at practical ways to explore who we really are and how to tap our true potential.

3

INCREASED AWARENESS

What is our state of awareness and does it fluctuate during the day? The wise are awake, perceptive and curious. We look at deeper levels of awareness, and consider how we may become more awake to ourselves.

4

POTENTIAL OF THE PRESENT

Living in the now and mindfulness. We examine the extraordinary potential available in the present moment. We consider attention centred, captured, open and scattered, and how these relate to the past, present and future.

5

LIVING JUSTLY

What does it mean to live justly? According to Plato, justice and injustice do not start ‘out there’ but within us. For justice to prevail, Plato suggests that we must learn to avoid being ‘tyrannised’ by our passions and fears to the extent they overrule our reason.

6

FUNDAMENTAL ENERGIES IN OUR LIVES

Sometimes we seem not to have enough energy, or the wrong kind. A wise person can act consistently despite these varying conditions. We consider how to recognise differing energies, how to gain and conserve them and how to use them wisely.

7

DEVELOPING REASON IN OUR LIVES

How can we take true and right decisions? Everyone has the faculty of reason and we can all use it and develop it. We consider obstacles to reason and how practically to develop reason in our decision-making and action.

8

THE POWER OF BEAUTY

Beauty has the capacity to open the heart. In this session we discuss our direct experience of beauty in its different forms: sensory, thought, feelings, inner nature, and conduct. We consider Plato’s idea of absolute beauty– ‘not knowing birth or death, growth or decay’.

9

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

What is the effect of finding unity in our lives? The wise person looks for the unifying factor in life, which allows life’s apparent diversity to be seen as part of a single whole. Seen in this way, life then has the best chance of being fulfilling and happy

10

LIVING TRUE TO OURSELVES

What is truth? How to discover the truth of things – not theoretically, but in our own experience? We revisit the question “who am I?” and review how our search for truth has fared. We discuss how, in our own way, we may develop this search further in our daily lives.

INTERESTED IN MORE?

Anyone wishing to continue their studies and practices is welcome to explore topics such as presence of mind, happiness and freedom in further terms at the School, and to be introduced to meditation. Continuation is always optional, simply by registering on a term-by-term basis.

For those choosing to continue after the introductory course, course fees remain at €90 per term during the first year. There is a reduced fee of €40 for those aged under 25.

Like to register?

Register for our next 10-week introductory course in Practical Philosophy, to be held in-person at our School House in Brussels. The next course starts 15 January 2024. Sessions start at 19.30 and finish by 21.45pm.

The course fee is €90, which covers all 10 weeks. Under-25 rate, €40. The fee is fully refundable at any time during the first three weeks for anyone who chooses not to continue the course.

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Other languages?

The Practical Philosophy introductory courses are given in English, usually on Monday evenings, and are held in-person at the School house in Brussels. Separate courses are also available in French and Dutch. Visit our French or Dutch language websites for more information.


A real taste of philosophy

The next 10-week introductory course in Practical Philosophy starts 15 January 2024 at the School house in Brussels. 

Sessions are interactive, encouraging discussion with the tutor and between group members. The course fee is €90 which covers the 10 week term. Under-25 rate, €40.